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New HOWTO: Emacs Beginner's HOWTO - page 6

Table of Contents, Section 1

  • March 26, 2001
  6.  Other Resources

  This section covers books, web sites, newsgroups, mailing lists, and
  other places you can find more information about Emacs.

  6.1.  Books

  There are a a few really good books available for learning Emacs. In
  addition to these, you'll find that many Linux and Unix books also
  contain a chapter or two about Emacs (and vi).

  6.1.1.  Learning GNU Emacs

  Authors: Debra Cameron, Bill Rosenblatt, Eric S. Raymond

  Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates - http://www.ora.com/

  Commentary: This is probably the best book to start with. After you've
  read the HOWTO and looked through the FAQ this book serves as a
  comprehensive and very approachable tutorial.

  6.1.2.  Writing GNU Emacs Extensions

  Author: Bob Glickstein

  Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates - http://www.ora.com/

  Commentary: After you've used Emacs for a while and have decided that
  you'd like to try writing your own mode or maybe try out some advanced
  customization, this is the book for you. While it doesn't attempt to
  teach Lisp, it does contain a brief introduction to the language.

  6.1.3.  Programming in Emacs Lisp: An Introduction

  Author: Robert J. Chassell

  From the README file:

       This is an elementary introduction to programming in Emacs
       Lisp for people who are not programmers, and who are not
       necessarily interested in programming, but who do want to
       customize or extend their computing environment.

  You can retrieve the manual in its entirety via anonymous FTP from the
  GNU FTP server: ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/gnu/emacs/.

  Commentary: This a good introductory manual for Emacs Lisp--even if
  you're not a heavy-duty programmer.

  6.1.4.  The GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual

  Author: Richard Stallman

  Publisher: The Free Software Foundation - http://www.fsf.org/

  You can retrieve the manual in its entirety via anonymous FTP from the
  GNU FTP server: ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/gnu/emacs/.

  Commentary: This is the definitive guide to the Emacs Lisp programming
  language.

  6.2.  Web Sites

  6.2.1.  EMACSulation

  EMACSulation is a column written by Eric Marsden that appears in the
  on-line magazine Linux Gazette located at
  http://www.linuxgazette.com/. The most recent column as of this
  writing is located at
  http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue39/marsden.html. Scan to the bottom
  of the article for links to previous ones.

  6.3.  Newsgroups

  Search you local news feed for newsgroups which contain the string
  ``emacs'' and you'll probably find many. Those which my server carries
  are:

  �  comp.emacs

  �  comp.emacs.sources

  �  gnu.emacs

  �  gnu.emacs.bug

  �  gnu.emacs.help

  �  gnu.emacs.sources

  6.4.  Mailing Lists

  There is a mailing list for GNU Emacs which is hosted by the Free
  Software Foundation. See the web site
  http://mail.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/help-gnu-emacs for more
  information.

  The only mailing list devoted to Emacs that I know of right now is the
  NT-Emacs list. It is a list for folks who are using the Micro$oft
  Windows version of Emacs. See the NT-Emacs FAQ
  http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/voelker/ntemacs.html for more
  information.

  6.5.  The Emacs Lisp Archive

  From the Emacs Lisp Archive README:

       The Emacs Lisp archives on ftp.cis.ohio-state.edu contain
       various pieces and packages of Emacs Lisp code.  Emacs Lisp
       is the language used to extend the GNU Emacs editor pub�
       lished by the Free Software Foundation.  Although much Emacs
       Lisp code is included in the GNU Emacs distribution, many
       people have written packages to interface with other sys�
       tems, to better support editing the programming language
       they use, to add new features, or to change Emacs' default
       behavior.  Most of the contents of this archive have been
       written by individuals and distributed publicly over the
       Internet through the info-emacs or info-gnu-emacs mailing
       lists or the comp.emacs, gnu.emacs, or gnu.emacs.sources
       newsgroups.

  The archives are available via anonymous FTP from ftp://ftp.cis.ohio-
  state.edu/pub/emacs-lisp/.

  NOTE: As far as I can tell, the Emacs Lisp Archive is slowly becoming
  out of date. I see very few new (or updated) packages appearing there,
  though I know they exist. They do get posted to the comp.emacs.sources
  newsgroup. (Feel free to correct me if this is wrong.)

  7.  Credits

  The following people have contributed to the success of this document.

  �  Craig Lyons Craig.Lyons@compaq.com

  �  Robert Vollmert rvollmer@gmx.net

  �  Larry Brasfield larrybr@seanet.com

  �  Etienne Grossmann etienne@anonimo.isr.ist.utl.pt

  �  Thomas Weinell kf6mli@amsat.org

  �  Adam C. Finnefrock adam@bigbro.biophys.cornell.edu

  �  Chris Gray cgray4@po-box.mcgill.ca

  �  Robert J. Chassell bob@rattlesnake.com

  �  Isaac To kkto@csis.hku.hk

  �  Matteo Valsasna valsasna@elet.polimi.it

  �  Tijs van Bakel smoke@casema.net
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